Evade The Pain: Advice For Traveling With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can have chronic joint pain throughout the day. This can be especially troubling while traveling. Fortunately, specialists have provided advice to handle traveling. Bringing disposable heating pads, wearing the right shoes, and even sitting in certain positions can alleviate pain. If you’re a traveler, read these tips for handling rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

Do A Brief Workout Before Getting On The Plane

Sitting for long periods can worsen rheumatoid arthritis. According to Ergo Impact, sitting shortens and tightens muscles. This increases stress on the joints, which is why RA patients might feel more pain while on a plane.

A woman practices yoga in her kitchen.
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Before you board, do a quick 30-minute workout. It does not have to be strenuous. According to a 2019 study, yoga reduces inflammation and aching in RA patients. Stretching for 30 minutes will loosen your muscles and prevent some pain on the plane.